3 Odd Holidays to Learn from in October

3 Odd Holidays to Learn from in October

Need a few extra somethings to celebrate this month? Try working the unusual themes of these upcoming days into your homeschool lessons.

October 14: National Lowercase Day
Free verse poets like e e cummings proved that anything goes, including writing in all lowercase letters. Teach free verse poetry and challenge your child to write his own poem. You can also dedicate the day to practicing lowercase manuscript or cursive, or give a grammar lesson on common and proper nouns.

October 16: National Dictionary Day
Word nerds will skip to their reference shelves and rejoice in the weight of their hardcover, special edition Webster’s Dictionaries. Pay tribute to the day by introducing your child to 20 new words or challenging her to a game of Scrabble.

October 21: Information Overload Day
Flip the switch on the media your family consumes. Turn off the TV, put down your smartphone, and accept the Information Overload Challenge by taking a break from the Internet and encouraging your kids to do the same.

Meanwhile, International Moment of Frustration Scream Day on October 12 may provide the perfect moment to grab a pillow, while observing National Bologna Day on October 24 gives you an excuse to make a 5-minute meal and pare down the condiments in your refrigerator.

What’s your favorite offbeat holiday?

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